The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters held its final sitting after 131 proceedings on Monday, October 18.
On the last day, 23 deserving petitioners were awarded N148.2 million, Channels TV cited the panel's chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi, as stating.
Below is the list of the petitioners and the amount of compensation awarded them:
- Michael Owoicho - N10 million
- Fatai Ogunseye (late) - N10 million
- Adeola Mukaila - N700,000
- Stella Edegwa - N500,000
- Akapo Adekunle - N10 million
- Mustapha Ramot - N10 million
- Kufre Jackson - N5 million
- Ikechukwu Iloamuzor (late) - N10 million
- Segun Adekoya (unlawful arrest by the police) - N1 million
- Yusuf Omole - N10 million
- Segun Ishola - (injuries sustained from gunshot) - N5 million.
- Mr and Mrs Julius Adeogun - N10 million
- Okoronkwo Sylvester (late) - N10 million
- Titi Agnes - N10 million
- Prince Akaba - N500,000
- Chukwudera Uba - N4 million
- Seun Bamgbose - N10 million
- Abayomi Likinyo - N4 million
- James Arebha - N4 million
- Juliana Adeoti - N1 million
- Adaeze Samson - N2.5 million
- Yemi Abdulkareem - N10 million
- Gabriel Ayedungbe - 10 million
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N410 million to 70 victims in total
The report indicates that a total of 70 victims were awarded N410 million by the panel.
Justice Okuwobi also revealed that the panel has concluded its investigations into the shooting at the Lekki tollgate, one of the venues of the #EndSARS protests in Lagos.
She, however, stated that the panel was working on its report which would be submitted to the state government which was expected to declare the report publicly.
The panel assured petitioners that its recommendations would include compensation to victims of the Lekki tollgate incident if any was identified.
According to the chairman, recommendations will also be made for policemen who were victims of the #EndSARS protests held in 2020.
Petitions not addressed to be sent to Ministry of Justice
Justice Okuwobi also said that petitions that have been partly heard, and those that were not concluded or heard would be sent to the supervising Lagos State Ministry of Justice, which may set up a human rights body to handle them.
The judicial panel set up by the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on October 19, 2020, was mandated to investigate cases of brutality and human rights abuses by the Police and its disbanded tactical unit.
Recall that the panel was set up by the Lagos state government in 2020 to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations perpetrated by the police and operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The panel was also saddled with the investigation of the alleged shooting of protesters by the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki tollgate plaza.
It received 235 petitions between October and December 2020, while only 14 petitions were submitted on the alleged Lekki shooting incident.
Uche Ibeh commented on Facebook:
"Too bad. No panel set up to address police brutality.
"What did they fight for? They didn't fight for your money, they want a better life secured by the securities. Stop harassing the youths of this country."
Eze Chikwado Eze said:
"Will the money bring back the lives lost? Which punishment is meted out to the murderers? Mitcheww"
Ikudi Desmond Ezemejor said:
"What about people that have been imprisoned as a result of the protest unlawfully?"
Johnny Okereke said:
"Hope somebody went to Jail? If not, then this is a bribe."
EndSARS: Lady who was brutalized by police during protest awarded N750 at panel
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a young lady was in a celebration mood as she finally got justice at the Lagos panel.
The Nigerian lady identified as Felicia Nkemakolam Opara said she had suffered police brutality at the last #EndSARS protest.
Felicia was, in addition to winning her case at the panel final ruling, awarded N750,000. An overjoyed lady appreciated everyone who prayed for her and described her victory as justice for all.